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Now let's take a look at how to play and control your music. I'll type music on my iPhone to enter into my music library. To start a song playing, first locate it using one of the categories at the bottom of the screen. I currently have Artist selected and I can scroll through to find the artist I want to play. I'll select the Jellybricks. Next is the list of each album from this artist I have on my iPhone. Some of these might not be the entire albums. It depends on the way you've copied over through your device. I'll select Goodnight to Everyone. And now I'm seeing the list of songs on this album. The first button at the top of the screen is Shuffle, which you can tap if you'd like to play the current list in random order or just scroll through and tap the song you want to play.
Songs will play continuously, so if you want to listen to the entire album in order just tap the first song. That takes me to the Now Playing screen and the song starts playing right away. I'm just going to pause this so it's not playing while I'm speaking. I am also seeing the lyrics for this particular song, I'm just going to tap the screen to make those disappear for a moment. So here in the now playing screen, I can see my album artwork at a nice large size and I have several controls and options available. Starting at the bottom of the screen, the first item is the Volume slider. Drag this to the left and right to increase or decrease the playback volume.
You can also use the volume Up and Down buttons on the side of the phone and you'll see the Volume slider move to reflect the change in volume. The playback controls are right above the Volume slider and we've just seen that you can tap the Play/Pause button to play and pause the music. Tap the Back or Forward buttons on either side to go back or forward one track. Now if the song is already playing, the Back button will take you to the start of the current song, so if you want to jump back to the previous song, tap the Back button twice. You can also hold down the Back and Foward buttons to rewind and fast forward through the currently playing track.
The longer you hold down on the button, the faster it will jump ahead or back. You can watch the progress in the Progress bar above the artwork to see where you are in the song. If your song has lyrics embedded in it, as this one does, you'll see them appear as well, if you have that option turned on on your iPod settings, and I'll show you how to do that in the later movie. But again, I can tap the screen to make them appear or hide them. So the Progress bar at the top of the screen tells you how far along you are in the song, with the elapsed time to the left of the slider and the remaining time to the right. You can drag or scrub the slider itself to jump right to a portion of the song that you want to hear.
Sometimes you want to go to a very specific section of the track you're playing. You can adjust the sensitivity of scrubbing by dragging your finger down. Notice I get a display telling me that I've turned on half speed scrubbing, then quarter speed and then finally fine scrubbing. At any one of these levels you can start dragging left to right and you'll see a difference in how much the scrubber point moves along the bar. We have a couple of other buttons in the progress slider area as well. Over to the left, we have the Loop button.
Tap it once to repeat the selected album or playlist over and over again. Tap it the second time to repeat just the current song over and over again. Notice the tiny one symbol that appears on the icon. Tap at the third time to turn looping off again. The button in the center is for album creating Genius playlist and the button on the right is for shuffling the current or playlist which will play the songs in a random order and you can just turn that on or off. Double-tapping the album cover flips it over to reveal the songs on the album which you can then scroll through and then tap any songs to start it playing.
(music playing) If you like to rate your songs in iTunes, you'll be happy to know that you can rate them on your iPod or iPhone too. Just drag your finger along the dots at the top of the screen to rate the selected song. In iTunes, you can create playlists based on the ratings you've assigned songs. To return to the Cover view again, tap the tiny Cover icon in the upper right-hand corner. Let's start the song playing again. While the song is playing you can continue browsing through your library by tapping the arrow in the upper left-hand corner.
This is useful if you're playing DJ and you want to find the next song to play before the current song ends. You can always get back to the currently playing songs and playback controls by by tapping Now Playing. And here we can adjust the song settings or change the volume. You can also open other apps and perform many other tasks while your music is playing. Notice the small Play button that appears at the top of the screen. This is to remind you that you're currently playing music which you might not know if you have your earphones plugged in into your device, but without them being in your ears.
At any time, a quick double-click of the Home button opens up the Multitask pane. Click the pane to the right to reveal the Mini-controller, which is nice if you need to pause your music quickly. You can also use the Back and Forwad buttons to navigate the current playlist or tap the Music button to go back to the iPod interface. Let's start the music playing again. (music playing) To conserve your battery and to avoid accidentally tapping buttons while you're listening to music, you can click the Sleep button to turn the screen off. (music playing) Your music will continue to play and the Volume buttons on the side of the phone will continue to work.
Even while the screen is locked, you can double-click the Home button to bring up the Mini-controller. So again, you can quickly pause your music if necessary. So those are the controls for playing your music on your iPhone or iPod touch. Now before I wrap up this movie, I want to mention that there are couple of other control options you'll see if you're playing back something like an audio book. I'll go back to my library and under More, I'll select Audiobooks. Here I will start in audiobook playing. Let's pause that for the moment. While playing an audiobook, you have the option of playing the audio back at a slower or faster speed.
Some people like to get through their books faster while others have trouble understanding fast narrators. You can tap the Speed button to cycle through the playback speeds of realtime, twice as fast or half speed. I'll leave mine set to real time. Also convenient to audiobooks is a 15-second Rewind button. Sometimes you just zone out while listening to an audiobook and suddenly realize you don't remember what was just read. Instead of having to manually scrub back or rewind, tap the 15-second Rewind button to jump at 15 seconds in the time line. And if that's not far enough back, just keep tapping it until you get back to a part of the book you recognize.
Similarly, you can tap the 15-second Fast-forward button to jump ahead if you rewound too far. And be aware that these two special buttons are only available from the Now Playing screen and not the Mini-controller you see when you double-click the Home button. Those are the controls for playing back music and other audio files on your iPhone or iPod touch.
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